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  • Q&A with Australian Health Practitioners

    Why does my nose block when I lie down or do yoga?

    I breath through my mouth at night due to the fact my nose blocks up when laying down. If I have a massage and lay face down it is even worse. Also during yoga it can get quite bad. I do not seem to be allergic to anything but at different times I will sneeze and my nose will block up very bad I will have lots of congestion. This will go away in a very short time. Cold air seams to do this and it also happens more first thing in the morning. I have had a cat scan and there is no problems noted. What is causing this?
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    Dr David McIntosh

    Ear Nose and Throat (ENT) Surgeon

    David McIntosh is an Australian trained ENT surgeon with international experience. His areas of interest are paediatrics, nose and sinus disease, and providing access to … View Profile

    Positional nasal obstruction is not unusual and is easily assessed by an ear nose throat specialist. Usually it relates to rhinitis, of which there are many types and Dr Google is a hopeless advisor in this regard! 

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    Dr Sim Choroomi

    Ear Nose and Throat (ENT) Surgeon

    You  likely have large turbinates in your nose. The turbinates are natural internal air filters in our nose which filter, humidify and warm the air we breath. They are very vascular and engorge with allergy or when we lie down, as more blood circulates to them we are lying flat.

    Assessment by an ENT specialist with a small camera will give you a proper diagnosis and exclude any structural or other cause. If sprays don't help then the turbinates can be surgically reduced if need be.

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